The Catholic University of America
Faculty - Jansen

Katherine L. Jansen, Professor
Ph.D., 1995, Princeton University
Medieval Italy, medieval women and gender, religious and cultural history


Office Hours: Mondays 3:00-5:00; and by appointment

Research Interests:

Katherine L. Jansen is finishing a book entitled, Peace and Penance in Late Medieval Italy. It aims to contextualize the practice of settling disputes in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Florence, an era well known for violence and civil discord, within the religious culture that prevailed throughout the period. Working with notarial documents in the state archives of Florence, she shows how peace instruments—a complement to the legal system—functioned and interacted with penitential practice in late medieval urban society. Since 2000, Professor Jansen has published Charisma and Religious Authority:Jewish, Christian and Muslim Preaching, 1200-1500 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010), co-edited with Miri Rubin and Medieval Italy: Texts in Translation (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), edited with Joanna Drell and Frances Andrews.She is also the author of the award-winning book, The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000).

Professor Jansen has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, Villa I Tatti (The Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence), the Social Science Research Council, and the Institute for Advanced Study,
Princeton, among others. She has also been Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University.

Professor Jansen continues to accept Ph.D. students and is particularly interested in advising dissertations focused on the intersection of religion; society, women; gender, and topics that focus on late medieval Italy.

Sample publications:

Katherine L. Jansen, The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000)

Medieval Italy: Texts in Translation, ed. Katherine L. Jansen, J. Drell, and F. Andrews (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009)

Charisma and Religious Authority: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Preaching, 1200-1500, ed. Katherine L. Jansen and Miri Rubin (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010)

Studies on Power in the Medieval World in Honor of William Chester Jordan, ed. Katherine L. Jansen, G. Geltner, and Anne E. Lester (Leiden: Brill, 2013)


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